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i currently have an '88 honda trx300 4x4 and i have a T2000 superwinch but all the winch mounts i've seen are for '93 or newer. i bought the '93 mount and it didn't fit. can anybody help me with my problem? do i have to modify the '93 or make my own mount? any advice would be much appreciated! thank you
 

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Info. on the 1988 FourTrax 300 4x4.....

I found a little info. about the 1988....:thumbsup:
In 1988, Honda introduced the Honda FourTrax TRX300FW, which became the best selling ATV in history. Honda FourTrax 300 4X4 It also turned out to be a major influence in the development of 4X4 ATVs of today. Here is my review of this popular four-wheeler from an owner’s perspective.

As an owner of the then popular and reliable Big Red three-wheeler, I had become a big Honda fan. So, in 1988 when the first Honda FourTrax 300 4X4 came out, I immediately went down to the Honda dealer and purchased one for $3,000. After 19 years of hard use, my reliable Honda FourTrax still looks good, runs strong and Honda ATV parts and ATV accessories are readily available.

Standard Equipment for 1988
My Honda FourTrax came with a carbureted 282cc (20 hp) air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine, full-time four-wheel drive, a 5-speed transmission, automatic clutch, maintenance-free shaft drive, double-wishbone front suspension, a limited-slip front differential, foot pegs, a rear cargo rack and 3.3 gallon metal fuel tank, including the .7 gallon reserve.
Honda FourTrax rearThe rear suspension consists of a swing-arm, single shock absorber with the differential, brake hub assemblies, and trailer hitch mounted on a straight axle. Also, in back are the taillight and a storage compartment located under a hinged portion of the rear rack.

The battery, electrical system and air box are under the seat. A back-up kick-starter is hidden just under the right side panel, a compression release lever is on the right front of the engine. The right brake pedal is just forward of the foot peg. The fuel selector, located just below the left side of the fuel tank selects on, off and reserve.

Honda FourTrax handlebarsThe front handlebar controls are, from left to right; hand-grip and rear brake lever switch, parking brake lock lever, reverse button, engine kill switch, light switches, choke, starter button and auxiliary 12 volt receptacle. In the center console, is the reverse light, neutral light, oil temperature light and key switch. Located on the far right the, hand-grip, throttle lever, front brake lever and brake reservoir.

Dimensions
74.6 in. overall length
41.9 in. overall width
43.3 in. overall height
48.6 in. wheelbase
31.5 in. seat height
12.4 in. foot peg height
6.3 in ground clearance
5.1 in front suspension travel
5.1 in rear suspension travel

Weights
474 lbs. Dry weight
850 lbs. Trailer towing capacity
66 lbs. Front rack capacity
132 lbs. Rear rack capacity

Tire/Rim Specifications
11 X 6.5 AT front rim size
AT 23 X 8-11 front tire size
9 X 9 AT rear rim size
25 X12-9 rear tire size

Fluid Capacities
2.6 qt. engine oil capacity
3.3 gal. fuel capacity (includes .7 gal. reserve)
3.4 oz. differential oil capacity
3.4 oz. final drive oil capacity
6.8 oz front gear case oil capacity
Honda FourTrax foot basket MY Installed Options
...Front cargo rack and brush guard.
...Fender-flare extenders.
...1,500 lb. Winch.
...Third headlight.
...Handlebar/hand protectors with gun-rack mounts.
...Backup light.
...Steel foot baskets (see photo) a must for foot safety.
...Oil temperature activated, engine cooling-fan.
...Rear cargo bag.
...ITP Black water 6 ply tires (shown) I have since mounted MAXXIS Bighorn Radial tires.

Honda FourTrax axle Repairs/Maintenance In 19 Years of Service
1… I installed an upgraded Honda FourTrax rear axle in 1995 due to my failure to keep the axle lock nut tight, damaging the left hub spline. Cost was $65 for the new axle and 2.5 hrs. of my labor to replace. Note photo of new axle with electrical tape (keeps nut from backing off). Owners should check both L & R lock nuts occasionally. Maintenance access is very good.

Honda FourTrax fuel select 2… I replaced fuel selector assembly and fuel line in 2007. They just wore out. 30 minutes of my labor and $66 for the new assembly. Honda FourTrax service manualThat’s all except for spark plugs, a $74 battery, tires, occasional valve adjustments and other scheduled maintenance items. The optional Honda FourTrax maintenance manual is well written and is easy for the average person to read and follow its instructions.

Performance
The little 282 cc engine performs more like a 400 cc with a top speed of 45 mph. When in the ultra-low first and reverse gears you never bog down or run out of power. The ride is really pretty smooth considering the stiff suspension. Steering and turning radius is good, even with full-time 4WD. Expect poor handling on pavement. The Honda FourTrax is an excellent starter ATV for novices. Gas mileage is phenomenal; I once ran out of gas
Honda FourTrax front under 25 miles from home and made it in on the .7 gal reserve. 4x4 performance is very good considering the low ground clearance. The engine and differentials are well protected by a skid plate that has stood up well from a lot of abuse from rocks. The front wishbones are very tough too.

I live at 5,000 ft. and often ride as high as 10,000 ft. utilizing the stock jetting with no problems, if I run a hotter sparkplug and keep the valves adjusted properly.

This little four-wheeler has never let me down in over 19 years of very tough riding and still runs and performs like new. I’ve upgraded to newer more powerful ATVs, but still keep the reliable TRX300FW as a spare bike for guests and myself to ride.

If you are in the market for a used, inexpensive but reliable 4X4 ATV, take a closer look at the Honda TRX300 4X4. They just don’t make bikes anymore like the original Honda FourTrax
 

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that is like having an owners manual online!! thanks, that was interesting. i have been riding since i was 6 years old and now i'm 35, i have had countless dirtbikes. 3-4 wheelers and snowmobiles. i previosly had a 2002 polaris 250 scrambler but i sold it to buy this one. with a little tune up i had this one running tip top, i've only had it for about six months now, but i wouldn't ever go back to 2 wheel drive! the snow plow (electric) does wonders and saved my back! lol









I found a little info. about the 1988....:thumbsup:
In 1988, Honda introduced the Honda FourTrax TRX300FW, which became the best selling ATV in history. Honda FourTrax 300 4X4 It also turned out to be a major influence in the development of 4X4 ATVs of today. Here is my review of this popular four-wheeler from an owner’s perspective.

As an owner of the then popular and reliable Big Red three-wheeler, I had become a big Honda fan. So, in 1988 when the first Honda FourTrax 300 4X4 came out, I immediately went down to the Honda dealer and purchased one for $3,000. After 19 years of hard use, my reliable Honda FourTrax still looks good, runs strong and Honda ATV parts and ATV accessories are readily available.

Standard Equipment for 1988
My Honda FourTrax came with a carbureted 282cc (20 hp) air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine, full-time four-wheel drive, a 5-speed transmission, automatic clutch, maintenance-free shaft drive, double-wishbone front suspension, a limited-slip front differential, foot pegs, a rear cargo rack and 3.3 gallon metal fuel tank, including the .7 gallon reserve.
Honda FourTrax rearThe rear suspension consists of a swing-arm, single shock absorber with the differential, brake hub assemblies, and trailer hitch mounted on a straight axle. Also, in back are the taillight and a storage compartment located under a hinged portion of the rear rack.

The battery, electrical system and air box are under the seat. A back-up kick-starter is hidden just under the right side panel, a compression release lever is on the right front of the engine. The right brake pedal is just forward of the foot peg. The fuel selector, located just below the left side of the fuel tank selects on, off and reserve.

Honda FourTrax handlebarsThe front handlebar controls are, from left to right; hand-grip and rear brake lever switch, parking brake lock lever, reverse button, engine kill switch, light switches, choke, starter button and auxiliary 12 volt receptacle. In the center console, is the reverse light, neutral light, oil temperature light and key switch. Located on the far right the, hand-grip, throttle lever, front brake lever and brake reservoir.

Dimensions
74.6 in. overall length
41.9 in. overall width
43.3 in. overall height
48.6 in. wheelbase
31.5 in. seat height
12.4 in. foot peg height
6.3 in ground clearance
5.1 in front suspension travel
5.1 in rear suspension travel

Weights
474 lbs. Dry weight
850 lbs. Trailer towing capacity
66 lbs. Front rack capacity
132 lbs. Rear rack capacity

Tire/Rim Specifications
11 X 6.5 AT front rim size
AT 23 X 8-11 front tire size
9 X 9 AT rear rim size
25 X12-9 rear tire size

Fluid Capacities
2.6 qt. engine oil capacity
3.3 gal. fuel capacity (includes .7 gal. reserve)
3.4 oz. differential oil capacity
3.4 oz. final drive oil capacity
6.8 oz front gear case oil capacity
Honda FourTrax foot basket MY Installed Options
...Front cargo rack and brush guard.
...Fender-flare extenders.
...1,500 lb. Winch.
...Third headlight.
...Handlebar/hand protectors with gun-rack mounts.
...Backup light.
...Steel foot baskets (see photo) a must for foot safety.
...Oil temperature activated, engine cooling-fan.
...Rear cargo bag.
...ITP Black water 6 ply tires (shown) I have since mounted MAXXIS Bighorn Radial tires.

Honda FourTrax axle Repairs/Maintenance In 19 Years of Service
1… I installed an upgraded Honda FourTrax rear axle in 1995 due to my failure to keep the axle lock nut tight, damaging the left hub spline. Cost was $65 for the new axle and 2.5 hrs. of my labor to replace. Note photo of new axle with electrical tape (keeps nut from backing off). Owners should check both L & R lock nuts occasionally. Maintenance access is very good.

Honda FourTrax fuel select 2… I replaced fuel selector assembly and fuel line in 2007. They just wore out. 30 minutes of my labor and $66 for the new assembly. Honda FourTrax service manualThat’s all except for spark plugs, a $74 battery, tires, occasional valve adjustments and other scheduled maintenance items. The optional Honda FourTrax maintenance manual is well written and is easy for the average person to read and follow its instructions.

Performance
The little 282 cc engine performs more like a 400 cc with a top speed of 45 mph. When in the ultra-low first and reverse gears you never bog down or run out of power. The ride is really pretty smooth considering the stiff suspension. Steering and turning radius is good, even with full-time 4WD. Expect poor handling on pavement. The Honda FourTrax is an excellent starter ATV for novices. Gas mileage is phenomenal; I once ran out of gas
Honda FourTrax front under 25 miles from home and made it in on the .7 gal reserve. 4x4 performance is very good considering the low ground clearance. The engine and differentials are well protected by a skid plate that has stood up well from a lot of abuse from rocks. The front wishbones are very tough too.

I live at 5,000 ft. and often ride as high as 10,000 ft. utilizing the stock jetting with no problems, if I run a hotter sparkplug and keep the valves adjusted properly.

This little four-wheeler has never let me down in over 19 years of very tough riding and still runs and performs like new. I’ve upgraded to newer more powerful ATVs, but still keep the reliable TRX300FW as a spare bike for guests and myself to ride.

If you are in the market for a used, inexpensive but reliable 4X4 ATV, take a closer look at the Honda TRX300 4X4. They just don’t make bikes anymore like the original Honda FourTrax
 

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Winch....

I don't think the 1988 TRX 300 came with a winch.....the 93 was the first....so you would have to custom mount it;)
Are you good with fabricating stuff?:thumbsup: I always use a sawsall to fab metal. Maybe you could notch around the brush guard bars...:dunno: Yeah, it looks like the steering is right there too.... If you had a welder you could go crazy.
http://p1.bikepics.com/pics/2006\01\11\bikepics-499904-full.jpg
 

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yeah i am good fabbing stuff, used to work at stryker medical as CNC PROGRAMMER/WELDER and my dad still works there in the metal fab shop... i've got my dad building a plate to specs for me. anyway, that sucks! i guess it will save me money! i have seen on superwinch.com that a guy has mounted his on the front rack, i guess that would work if you reinforced the rack to the frame.



I don't think the 1988 TRX 300 came with a winch.....the 93 was the first....so you would have to custom mount it;)
Are you good with fabricating stuff?:thumbsup: I always use a sawsall to fab metal. Maybe you could notch around the brush guard bars...:dunno: Yeah, it looks like the steering is right there too.... If you had a welder you could go crazy.
http://p1.bikepics.com/pics/2006\01\11\bikepics-499904-full.jpg
 

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yeah i am good fabbing stuff, used to work at stryker medical as CNC PROGRAMMER/WELDER and my dad still works there in the metal fab shop... i've got my dad building a plate to specs for me. anyway, that sucks! i guess it will save me money! i have seen on superwinch.com that a guy has mounted his on the front rack, i guess that would work if you reinforced the rack to the frame.
Damn, You can fab way better than me.....I have only fabbed a couple of projects.... Sick, you already got the plate being made. That is way cheaper. I have always wondered why people don't put winches on the back?
 

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that is like having an owners manual online!! thanks, that was interesting. i have been riding since i was 6 years old and now i'm 35, i have had countless dirtbikes. 3-4 wheelers and snowmobiles. i previosly had a 2002 polaris 250 scrambler but i sold it to buy this one. with a little tune up i had this one running tip top, i've only had it for about six months now, but i wouldn't ever go back to 2 wheel drive! the snow plow (electric) does wonders and saved my back! lol
That is sick....What kind of 3-wheelers and dirt bikes did you have?:)
 

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they make a a back plate that goes into the back receiver hitch for people who don't want a winch full time. look at sportmansguide.com i orderd the 3 way hitch for mine
bikes:
79 or 80 atc honda 90 (was only 8 years old, didn't know)
85 honda 200x
87 honda 250x four wheeler (set up for racing)
86 honda 200sx four wheeler
83 honda 250r frame w/ cr 480 motor
84 honda 200s 3 wheeler
02 polaris 250 scrambler
88 honda trx 300 4x4 (now)
and about twice as many dirtbikes

i took the 480 motor out of my dirtbike and put it in the 250r frame, bad bad bike! i lowered the front forks and had wheelies bars customed made for it. i sold it after took it out one day with out the wheelie bars and it slungshot backwards on me, after i picked up the pieces out of the road, i went to the ER and they put my leg in a cast (broke and 13 stitches)








TRUE...I still wish I had a Plasma cutter....
 

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they make a a back plate that goes into the back receiver hitch for people who don't want a winch full time. look at sportmansguide.com i orderd the 3 way hitch for mine
bikes:
79 or 80 atc honda 90 (was only 8 years old, didn't know)
85 honda 200x
87 honda 250x four wheeler (set up for racing)
86 honda 200sx four wheeler
83 honda 250r frame w/ cr 480 motor
84 honda 200s 3 wheeler
02 polaris 250 scrambler
88 honda trx 300 4x4 (now)
83 honda 200 big red
and about twice as many dirtbikes

i took the 480 motor out of my dirtbike and put it in the 250r frame, bad bad bike! i lowered the front forks and had wheelies bars customed made for it. i sold it after took it out one day with out the wheelie bars and it slungshot backwards on me, after i picked up the pieces out of the road, i went to the ER and they put my leg in a cast (broke and 13 stitches)
I have always wanted to put my ATK 406 engine in my R and I decided to Polish it and sell it....DAMN
I grew up riding 110,185,and the 200X was my favorite...
I have owned:
**1972 DT2MX 250 Yamaha....Which I had to wait for a custom piston from japan for 6 months.
**1989 ATK 406 w/ all WP
**2006 TRX250EX....what a turtle...wife hated it because it always squeeked...lol
**2007 LTR450(wifes)...what a pain to work on
**1982 250R ...My pride and joy
 
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